germ cell

Origin of germ cell

First recorded in 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for germ cell

Historical Examples of germ cell

  • The line of descent or inheritance, therefore, is from germ-cell to germ-cell, and not from parents.

    Embryology

    Gerald R. Leighton

  • Germinal (sprig), due to something present in the germ-cell.

    Applied Eugenics

    Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson

  • The problems of the germ-cell, and its heredity, therefore, are very similar in both cases.

    Embryology

    Gerald R. Leighton

  • For the brain of a child is not descended from the brain of his parent, but from a germ-cell carried by that parent.

    Being Well-Born

    Michael F. Guyer

  • What the exact relation of color production is to the parts of the germ-cell we do not know.

    Being Well-Born

    Michael F. Guyer


British Dictionary definitions for germ cell

germ cell

noun
  1. a sexual reproductive cell; gameteCompare somatic cell
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germ cell in Medicine

germ cell

n.
  1. An ovum or a sperm cell or one of their developmental precursors.sex cell
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germ cell in Science

germ cell

  1. One of the diploid cells in the reproductive organs of a multicellular organism that undergo division and are the precursors of haploid gametes, such as a spermatogonium or oogonium.
  2. See gamete.
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